|10-12-2012, 02:28 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: San Francisco
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Progressive Democrats - how you can help (v1.0)
"You can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside." - Barack Obama
Right now there's a ~40% chance we'll be returning to the Bush Administration (the exact same ne'er-do-wells are playing for Romney now). That's close, but there are so many close races this election that a couple hours spent participating in our democracy can have a huge, positive impact. Way more than being frustrated on a messageboard.
Phone Canvassing Online From Home
The idea with phone canvassing isn't to change anyone's mind, there's no debating - you just call and remind democrats (typically older ones) to mail in their votes. Most registered voters are democrat, but they just don't turn up to the polls as often as republicans. However, they will if you remind them. It's easy and fast.
The Young Turks (the youtube guys) for progressive democrats: Elizabeth Warren, Alan Grayson, Annie Kuster, etc. You can sign up for a 2 hour shift, and can secure 40+ votes for a good candidate.
PDA Progressive Phone Bank - larger list of candidates than TYT, but they seem to be focusing on Alan Grayson right now. If you think it's important to have democrats voting in Florida - go with them.
Anyone know any others?
Get out the vote in Colorado
These guys do a great job of educating people on local issues and canvassing on foot:
Planned Parenthood Action Colorado - If you're a single, hetero guy, phone banking on location is going to be heaven. Smart young ladies who put out, little to no competition, and I guarantee no future child support bills. This is exactly what one young woman told me when I volunteered, and that she wants to see more single guys there. If you're conservative it's worth faking it.
(If you're not in colorado, other states at the link below)
After Citizens United our "free-speech dollars" aren't comparable to corporation's "anonymous free-speech megaphones" so your impact isn't going to do as much as it did in past elections, but it still helps, especially on smaller races.
Local Colorado Progressives, who would greatly value any small donation:
Other good organizations
538 has a list of senate races that give you the most "bang for your buck" - check the right side when clicking on the "Senate Nov. 6 Forecast" tab.
Did I miss anything? Is there anything else productive people can do? Any links I should add or remove? I've never been very politically active before, so if you're a veteran of such things please chime in.
Last edited by Blart; 10-12-2012 at 05:00 PM..